Gemma is at a mainstream nursery which is attached to a special needs school, the special needs school is lovely so Gemma will probably go there. As much as I would love Gemma to go to the mainstream school my other kids go to whilst it is fine for them when I see what facilities Gemma gets at the special need school I think she will be far better off there. If I send her to mainstream I can imagine in a couple of years she will be struggling and will have to be put into a mainstream school anyway. Its such a big decision to make, we just want Gemma to be happy wherever she goes. We are just starting the statementing process which we have had a bit of hassle with as the Educational Psychologist is totally useless and has written his report without even meeting Gemma, so nursery and ourselves are not very happy about that. The Headmaster is great and is trying to sort it out xx
Holly starts the 5 mornings a week thing in January at the mainstream pre school, but has been allowed to do a few settling in sessions to build her up to it. She will be in this class for 18 months, before she moves onto reception
Although she is HUGELY delayed in speech she is happy and content and loves it to bits. The SALT are going to leave the school some basic signs sheets, to get them to practice with so Holly can at least communicate some of her wants & needs.
Our thinking is.... as long as she is able, to stay at mainstream for her childhood years, get some friends and go birthday parties with the local kids who will get to know her and include her. And then when she hits hig school age to swutch her to special needs, and hopefully there they will teach her more useful things that she will need for independant living. Not to be mean to Holly, but if she is only going to live to her 30's If we are lucky ) then we want it to be as much fun for her as possible.
Georgia is now in primary school shes in a mainstreem school with an additional special needs unit. She absolutley loves it! We were lucky to get her in to the unit as there was 15 kids in there already and they like to keep it low so the staff - kids ratio is low. Im glad we sent georgia there because since shes started shes like a different child her speech and confidence has come on loads and she will feed herself now. She goes to reception every morning for registration and every friday afternoon for a play afternoon so shes still got friends down there from when she was in the nursery last year. My friend applied for the job in the unit as georgias support worker and she got it so im quite happy that she knows lisa really well. lisa also lives 2 doors away from us so its good cuz she can pop round and tell me what georgias been doing or if ive any questions i can pop to hers. x
Aaron is in a mainstream nursery, and because his birthday is December we got the option to keep him back a year so he will start at 5 1/2. He has one-to-one support for most of each session and we are having regular IEP meetings to record his progress. We hope to go to mainstream school after the summer, but if it's not suitable then we can look at other options. Another primary school in Forfar has a unit but is mainly for autistic kids. It would be good if both our kids were at the same school, but we do what's best for Aaron and not for me!!!